The Jackpot (1950)

The Jackpot





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The Jackpot is a generally pleasing satire of quiz programs. James Stewart stars as Bill Lawrence, an average Joe who picks up the phone one day, answers a simple question, and suddenly finds himself the recipient of a radio quiz-show jackpot. Tons of prizes are shipped to Lawrence's house, to the delight of his wife Amy (Barbara Hale) and his kids. Unfortunately, the Lawrences must now contend with the income tax folks, who levy huge tariffs on their "free" prizes. Complications begin piling up … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Henry Ephron, Phoebe Ephron
In Theaters:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


as Bill Lawrence

as Amy Lawrence

as Harry Summers

as Phyllis Lawrence

as Mr. Woodruff

as Leslie

as Hilda Jones

as Tommy Lawrence

as Pete Spooner

as Fred Burns

as Al Vogel

as Capt. Sullivan

as Mr. Brown

as Mrs. Brown

as Mr. McDougall

as Mrs. McDougall

as Herman Wertheim

as Susan Wertheim

as Mary Vogel

as Mabel Spooner

as Watch Buyer

as Ernie the Mailman

as Ernie the Mailman

as Mr. Ferguson

as Long-Haired Pianist

as Mrs. Simpkins

as Mrs. Simpkins

as Mr. Simpkins

as Photographer

as Strange Woman

as Piano Player

as Mr. Dexter

as Mrs. Dexter

as Pritchett

as Telephone Operator

as Telephone Operator

as Washerwoman

as Elevator Man

as Miss Bowen

as Al Stern

as Johnny the Office Bo...

as Parking Lot Attendan...

as Parking Lot Attendan...

as Detective

as Detective

as Policeman

as Salesgirl

as Moving Man

as Moving Man

as Moving Man

as Poker Player

as Bald Man

as Truck Driver

as Flick Morgan

as Saleslady
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Nowadays nobody savvy wants a prize when you can simply get the money, but back in the day you had to settle for the promotion the companies were actually purchasing when they gave out "free" prizes. So it is that a typical American family wins a $24,000 contest WORTH OF PRIZES and the film becomes about how the just-getting-along clan deals with all of their newfound swag. Better than a cookie cutter comedy, penned by the parents of Nora and Delia Ephron no less, and comfortably helmed by Stewart and Hale, its an easy pass of your time. Interestingly Stewart cheats to win the prize initially and nada is said further about America's boy hero cutting corners.

Kevin M. Williams

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